Just Employment is an incorporated law firm regulated by the New Zealand Law Society. We are employee relations specialists. Our aim is to provide practical and commercial advice at a reasonable price and in a timely fashion. We understand that businesses have different needs and strategies for managing their staff. For this reason, we aim to understand our clients’ businesses and to provide them with options that will suit their overall business objectives.
Kate Henry – Employment Lawyer
Kate Henry is the director of Just Employment. Kate has over 12 years’ experience as a lawyer and HR professional. She has an LLB(Hons) and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Human Resource Management). Kate is qualified to practice as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand and as a solicitor in England and Wales.
In 2015, Kate obtained the qualification of “Solicitor-Advocate (Civil Proceedings)” meaning that in England and Wales (where solicitors and barristers hold separate qualifications), she has the same rights as a barrister to represent clients in civil matters in the higher courts. Kate was a member of the Employment Lawyers Association in the UK from 2011 to 2016 and has served as a committee member for a special interest group of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.
Kate has practiced as a solicitor for leading city law firms in both Auckland and London. Most recently, Kate practiced as a solicitor for a specialist employment law firm in London. In addition, Kate has also held senior positions in human resources including Employee Relations Manager – Europe for Thomson Financial (now part of Thomson Reuters).
Kate advises clients on all aspects of employment law and has a particular interest in litigation. However, she is also focused on working with clients to ensure that they have sufficient documentation and procedures in place to reduce the risk of costly employment claims.
Kirby Kleingeld is a Junior Solicitor at Just Employment. In November 2017, Kirby completed her studies at the University of Auckland. She obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree as well as a Commerce degree majoring in International Business and Commercial Law. Following this she was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in November 2019